Thursday, October 27, 2016 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Visit the Galapagos Islands on a Budget

A visit to the Galapagos Islands makes the bucket list for many travelers, primarily due to the islands’ exclusive reserve of the some of the finest wildlife, much of which is unique in the world. The Galapagos promises to be one of the most memorable destinations to visit in a lifetime. However, the name Galapagos Islands also triggers trepidation in many people as it is invariably associated with an expensive budget. But traveling to the Galapagos Islands doesn’t necessarily have to be a dream only affair nor does it have to break the bank. Here’s how to visit the Galapagos Island on a budget.


Choose Last Minute Travelling

Most travelers think there is a flurry of other travelers planning the same trip. Because of this, they hurry to book their tickets but,in reality, there are flexible options when it comes to travelling to Galapagos. You will pay outrageously for cruise ships if you book in advance. Meanwhile, you can buy when the rush is off, very close to the departure date for a deeply slashed price at Quito or Guayaquil.


Bargain well

Once you arrive, you need to be prepared to negotiate for the price of the tours. It’s a good idea to do your research before your trip so you know what to expect in terms of price. You’ll be able to bargain for the best deal if you work independently. Search for deals from operators directly and don’t be shy to go from place to place and offer to offer till you find the fairest deal. However, you must also be cautious; be wary of deals that are too cheap or that promise more than they can deliver. This is where you will benefit from doing your homework before you travel. These “too good to be true” deals usually are.



While it may be costly to pay your way through a Galapagos Island exploration, there are many free activities that can give you a most scintillating experience at little or no costs. You also don’t have to pay an entrance fee at every site and all you have to do is know the perks of volunteering for some activities. The volunteering benefits are more readily available to tourists that are there to stay for some time than to week visitors however, the free sites are a serious bonus for all.


Cheap Accommodation

The same goes for accommodation as for trips. If you are being careful with money, don’t book your accommodation online, especially if it is at off peak season. Just to be safe, you can book accommodation for the first night while you browse your way through in person. You will find lots of decent accommodation that go for a fraction of the popular prices. Again, exercise good sense in your business dealings and trust your instincts if a situation seems sketchy.


Cheap Dining

This is part of the costs that will create a dent in your pocketbook with time, so, you have to be smart with it. Luckily, eating where locals eat, snacking, and bringing groceries and some other accepted items from Quito or Guayaquil will cut down on your dining expense.

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